Shortness of breath can be a sign of a serious disease.

If you often have trouble breathing, it’s important to find out why. A stuffy nose or hard exercise may result in mild breathing problems, but shortness of breath also can be a sign of a serious disease.

What causes breathing problems?

Many conditions can cause breathing difficulties:

  • Lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema or pneumonia
  • Problems with your trachea or bronchi, part of your airway system
  • Heart disease, which can make it hard for you to pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your body
  • Stress caused by anxiety

Why choose Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center for treatment of your breathing problems?

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals in pulmonology, has the only comprehensive lung and pulmonary center in central Ohio.

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